60-Seconds #323 : Future history - the coming of a Digital Dark Age

I have a friend who recently lost their iPhone. I asked, is there a backup? The answer was chilling. Then I get an email from Karl Volkman who wants to write about the possible reality of a 'Digital Dark Age' asking 'Are Our Priceless Digital Records Safe?' I've preached on this topic in past 60-second windows, and it's time to say it again. May 25, 2015

60-Seconds #322 : I got trapped by Google Adsense & false advertising

Do you remember when Google came out with Penguin, how they would penalize any site with 'false' links? Then all this talk about mobilegeddon, and how Google has become the internet police and the ministry of information -- all about 'honesty' on the web. Google's "honesty" took a big hit when I wanted to contact a Tupperware sales representative in my own town. But, the search results were the last thing I expected -- and certainly the last thing I wanted. April 28, 2015

#321: Google smites millions of the unwashed, unmobile at Mobilegeddon! REPENT or ye shall surely perish!

I've been getting email from web designers and ISPs from India to Indianapolis, like late night TV evangelists with bad hairdos, counting down to what they are calling the Mobilegeddon. The call to arms is rolling out : judgment day is tomorrow, April 21. It's so compelling -- blogs are humming, web masters are panicking and there's even a hashtag #mobilegeddon. I just had to do some research and find out why the whole web world is once again bowing down to the latest scriptures of Google. April 20, 2015

60-Seconds #319 : Twenty-Five February editions, 300 months, 5,000 articles

I'm finishing up on the February 2015 edition and it really hit home when I changed the volume number from 24 to 25. This is volume 25 -- Twenty-five years online. It's funny how I can actually remember at least two readers who subscribed in the first couple of months -- STILL reading and now friends on Facebook. You know who you are -- can you believe it's been a quarter of a century? January 27, 2015

60-Seconds #318 : What will happen to your digital estate when you're gone?

Sooner or later you're going to end up in that period of life when your peer group's parents are passing away, and you're dealing with wills, living wills, trusts, closing estates and so forth. When my Mom passed away we had no keys, no passwords and no way to close her online life other than certified letters and Fed-ex overnight packs. Four years later, there are still some unresolved. Have you considered your personal, digital exit plan? If you don't have a digital will, you'd better read this article and get one before it's too late. December 29, 2014

60-Seconds #316 : What's the most overused font?

Sometimes I run into conversations that I just can't resist passing along. Such is this one I ran across on LinkedIn. But what are your thoughts with asked "What's the most overused font of contemporary design?" I have my ideas, and you'd expect passionate responses from any designer of some background and knowledge. Let's see what the LinkedIn graphic design professionals believe the answer is. . . September 13, 2014

60-Seconds #315 : LinkedIN thinks 360,000 people, including me, are stupid.

From time to time I actually read some of the crap the social networking sites keep spewing at me. Today LinkedIn sent me an email with the big reversed-out head that reads : "Must Reads for Fred" -- wow they've noticed me! But what they actually sent just makes you laugh! August 29, 2014

60-Seconds #156 : Freelancing Pitfalls

I first published this article in 1996, and then updated and brushed it up in 2001. I was reading an online article by someone else the other day and it copied this article almost word-for-word. So, I thought I would remind everyone that good business practices really don't go out of style -- this is just as valid as it was more than 20 years ago! August 7, 2014

60-Seconds #313 : Google Link Removal schemes raise a lot of questions

Ever since the bottom dropped out of the Google AdSense revenue I've searched and puzzled for an answer without success. Then I began getting Link-Removal requests from sites I had vetted long ago. Then one day Chuck Green, owner of the Jumpola web site asked a question on Facebook. The comments to that question inspired me to share my experiences with Amazon affiliates, Google, Panda, Penguin, SEO, searches, link removal requests, and the cybercrime industry. July 26, 2014

60-Seconds #312 : The Age of Bad Photography

Ever since the social networking fad hit the internet a new genre of photography has become the most popular form of photography in history. It's called "BAD" photography. And since we're sick of seeing bad photography -- there are the Top 24 Photos We Wish We Didn't Have To Look At May 30, 2014